Amrop Adds New Member Firm in South Africa

Amrop New Firm South Africa

May 14, 2018 – Amrop, a partnership of recruiting firms operating from 75 offices in 48 countries throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas remains in growth mode. Its newest member firm is Woodburn Mann in South Africa.

Led by managing partner Andrew Woodburn, Woodburn Mann was established in 1982 in Johannesburg. It serves a range of clients across southern and sub-Saharan Africa. With a staff team of 25, the firm offers client-focused processes and services to the most prominent African businesses, as well as government parastatal operations, multi-national subsidiaries and entrepreneurial ventures. Its services include executive and non-executive search, board reviews and succession planning, executive coaching and leadership assessment and development. The firm will now operate as Amrop Woodburn Mann.

“Woodburn Mann is delighted to be partnering with Amrop to bring together decades of combined experience in executive search,” said Mr. Woodburn. “Our global coverage will directly connect our clients with one of the world’s largest retained executive search networks. We believe this is an exciting opportunity for us to grow and learn, and, in turn, provide our clients with innovative and dynamic services in an ever-changing marketplace.”

“The entry of Amrop Woodburn Mann is an important development for Amrop in the region,, said José Leyún, CEO of Amrop. “As a leading executive talent management company, Amrop Woodburn Mann is the longest-operating executive search business across sub-Saharan Africa,” he added. “This heritage is combined with a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and ambition. We are looking forward to a successful and exciting partnership.”

The economy of Africa consists of trade, industry, finance, construction and agriculture. According to recruiters expanding in the region, business is booming, and as a result a number of search firms have continued their migration to the continent. The South African economy is one with enormous potential across a broad base in commerce and industry. Over the years, South Africa has been renowned for its often leading edge capabilities in various sectors, including manufacturing, mining, the petrochemical industry, agriculture, pharmaceutical, the medical and healthcare industry, ICT and the financial services industry, among others.

Continued Global Growth

Amrop has undergone a wave of growth over the past year. It recently added the Australian regional entity of executive search firm Carmichael Fisher Australia to its fold. The new partner helps bring significant national presence for Amrop in Australia and strengthens the group’s capabilities across the Asia Pacific region, said Amrop. Established by Michael Markiewicz in 2002, Carmichael Fisher’s Australia business is led today by managing partner Jamal Khan. Carmichael Fisher Australia is a privately-owned firm, with offices in Sydney and Melbourne and a team of 13 partners and 14 professional staff. The firm will operate as Amrop Carmichael Fisher.

Amrop also recently gained Singapore-based executive search firm Reed Hamilton as a member firm. Founded in 2011 and led by Jason Reed Wagner, the firm currently has six consultants and offers professional and retained executive search experience in financial services, technology, consumer & retail, life sciences, private equity, hospitality & gaming and industrials.


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The organization also added New York-headquartered Industrial Search Partners (ISP) as a member firm last June. ISP leads Amrop’s retained executive search services in the industrial, infrastructure and energy sectors for the U.S. The firm specializes in targeted talent acquisition dedicated to industrial manufacturing and services, transportation, supply chain & logistics, aerospace, automotive and the oil & energy sectors. Over the last two decades, ISP has placed more than 250 candidates in executive positions across a broad segment of the market. The firm recently expanded into Pittsburgh with the addition of Sarah Stewart as a director.

Amrop also named Francis Lam as senior partner in Shanghai, spearheading the firm’s leadership consulting practice in China. Mr. Lam has been providing talent management consultancy to multi-national corporations and local companies in China and the Asia Pacific region for more than 25 years. His expertise includes executive coaching, strategic alignment and planning, strategic visioning and missioning, organizational transformation including M&A, and sales productivity & performance enhancements.

Lastly, the firm added new partners in Sweden, Seoul and Miami. Gabriella Jonsson joined as a partner in Stockholm. She works with the rest of the partner team to contribute to the revitalization of the executive search and leadership services industries in the Nordics and beyond. Ms. Gabriella joined Amrop from McKinsey & Company, where she held the role of recruiting manager, Sweden.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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